Behavioral Neuroscience Major

Behavioral neuroscience is a fascinating topic that studies the biological mechanisms underlying how the brain senses and perceives the environment, stores and retrieves memories, generates emotions, controls behavior, and produces consciousness. Behavioral neuroscience sits at the intersection of psychology and biology and addresses topics from the cellular/molecular level to the biological underpinnings of all aspects of behavior and psychological disorders.

Enormous strides have been made in the field of neuroscience in the last several decades and students at Fairfield have the opportunity to join the discussion. The major in behavioral neuroscience is an ideal preparation for graduate school in behavioral neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, and affective neuroscience, as well as in experimental psychology, neurophysiology, clinical neuropsychology, pharmacology, and many other developing areas in this rapidly growing discipline. Students planning to enter the health professions would find the behavioral neuroscience minor helpful as preparation for specialization in the fields of neurology, neurosurgery, psychiatry, psychopharmacology, and more. Finally, the major is ideal for any student who has a desire to learn more about the functioning of their own brain.

For a 63-credit major in Behavioral Neuroscience, students complete the following:

BI 0170
General Biology I
and General Biology I Lab
BI 0171
General Biology II
and General Biology II Lab
BI 0262Human Physiology4
or BI 0107 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
CH 0111
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
CH 0112
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
CH 0211
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
CH 0212
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Lab
PY 0201Statistics for Life Sciences4
PY 0202Research Methods in Psychology4
PY 0261Behavioral Neuroscience3
PY 0281DSpecial Topics: Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience3
Select six elective courses in biology and psychology from the following: 118
Biochemistry I
Biochemistry II
Cell Biology
Molecular Biology
Human Neuropsychology
Cognitive Psychology
Learning and Applied Behavior Analysis
Sensation and Perception
Hormones and Behavior
Drugs and Behavior
Special Topics (Shell) (with an emphasis in behavioral neuroscience)
Supervised Research
Independent Research
Select one Capstone Experience from the following:3
Senior Seminar: Current Issues in Behavioral Neuroscience
Neuroanatomy and Behavior
Senior Seminar: Special Topics (Shell) (with an emphasis in behavioral neuroscience)
Total Credits63

Magis Core Curriculum

Beginning with the Class of 2023, all undergraduate students will be required to complete the Magis Core Curriculum. Please refer to the Curricula section of this undergraduate catalog for a detailed explanation of the Magis Core.